Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe will continue to travel with the Devils even though their injuries will keep them off the ice for the rest of the season (NJ.com, March 25).
Salvador, the Devils captain, has been sidelined since Nov. 10 with a back injury, while a head injury has kept Clowe off the ice since early November as well.
“They’ll come with us. They’ll be part of the team because of the maturity, the respect the players have for them and the presence they have in the locker room,” interim head coach Lou Lamoriello said.
But they won’t be talking to the media about their futures anytime soon.
“Not at the moment,” Lamoriello said. “Not until the end of the year.”
The AHL suspended Albany’s Cam Janssen for the second time this season on Tuesday (Albany Times Union, March 24).
The Albany Devils winger was given a two-game suspension for an interference incident Sunday against Hartford. This is his second ban this season after he was suspended for five games earlier in March after a hit against Matt Tassone of the Binghamton Senators.
Janssen will miss Albany’s weekend trip to Norfolk for games on Friday and Saturday.
There’s no hope for a playoff spot for the Devils, but for goaltender Cory Schneider, that doesn’t mean they can just fall apart as they head into the final nine games of the season (NJ.com, March 24).
“The schedule doesn’t get any easier,” Schneider said, “We go to Washington and we have two more with New York. (We play) Montreal, Tampa Bay and Anaheim. You look at our schedule and, unless we want to get embarrassed, we better keep it together.”
But Mike Cammalleri took a slightly more positive approach to the Devils finals games of the season.
“That might be a bit dramatic. The poor guy just received a lot of shots,” Cammalleri said of Schneider’s comment. “I think we like a lot of the things we’re about as a group. Tonight we may not be happy with our effort by any means, but we’ll figure out the reason why. It’s not as gloomy as that sounds.”
Things aren’t all doom and gloom for Schneider, who said he believes the Devils have it in them to finish the season strong.
“I think we have it in here,” Schneider said. “We just need to do it consistently. Shift to shift, period to period, game to game. I think that’s kind of been the problem this year. We’ll have a bad period and then we’ll have a good one. We’ll sort of figure it out. We’ll play well one game and not the next.”
Jordin Tootoo took a couple of tough hits during the third period of the Devils Monday night loss to the Kings — but as LA didn’t see any time inside the box for the hits, Tootoo just had to “battle through” (Fire and Ice, March 23).
“Kind of in the jaw.,” Tootoo said of where he was hit by Tyler Toffoli’s stick after a shoulder-to-shoulder collision. “I think the game’s so fast, but obviously you have to be in control of your stick. It is what it is. You have to battle through those situations. It’s kind of like a playoff mentality. You’ve go to let those moments just go rather than waste your energy on yipping and yapping.”
Later in the third period, Trevor Lewis hit Tootoo outside of the Kings’ blue line when he didn’t have the puck and the Devils felt that could have been called interference.
“Obviously, that’s a blindside hit,” Tootoo said. “I didn’t even see the guy. But it is what it is. I’m not going to (complain) about it. It’s hockey. It happens and you move on.”
Recap: The Devils were thoroughly outplayed while losing to the Kings on Monday night at the Prudential Center.
Need to Know: While out-shooting the Devils 16 to 3 in the first period, the Kings took a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrej Sekera and Tyler Toffoli.
With 2:12 gone by in the second, Scott Gomez found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Kings got their two-goal lead back when Anze Kopitar scored on a rebound just over five minutes into the third period. The Devils didn’t have many chances after as they lost their second straight game.
Cory Schneider made 30 saves in the defeat.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils head to Washington, D.C. to take on the Capitals on Wednesday night at 7.
Schneider in net…
Devils captain Bryce Salvador hasn’t played since Nov. 10 because of a season-ending back injury, but as far as the team is concerned, he’s still their captain (Fire and Ice, March 22).
In 2003-04 when former Devils captain Scott Stevens was sidelined with concussion symptoms, the team quickly handed the C to Scott Niedermayer. Stevens ended up never playing another NHL game, but coach Lou Lamoriello said he hadn’t even thouth about the 2003-04 situation with Salvador.
But, with Salvador in the final season of his contract and unlikely to be back next year, the Devils are still standing behind him. To read more of this story, click here